Roberta Blankson


African Development Bank (AfDB)

Roberta Blankson is an international development professional with extensive cross-sectoral and multicultural experience garnered from working within the public, private and International NGO sectors in developing countries, particularly Africa.

She is well versed in closely collaborating with several government entities and parliaments, international donors and partners, civil society organizations and communities of practice. Roberta has experience related to the design and implementation of public programmes and policies, monitor and evaluate interventions, design and deliver capacity building programmes, all geared towards accelerating development effectiveness, evidence-based policy making, and improving livelihoods.

Roberta is currently a Consultant with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, where she supports the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) function, on Knowledge Management, Communication, Capacity Development and Events, for the Bank and its Regional Member Countries. She has previously worked with the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) as a Senior Program Officer (East and West Africa), the Office of the President of Ghana’s Monitoring and Evaluation Secretariat, the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and was also a Corporate Banker. She served on the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation from 2019-2021.

She is the Founder and CEO of Forward Finesse, an international non-profit development organization, raising and supporting the next generation of young experts, leaders and changemakers to serve Africa and the globe, through literacy, leadership excellence, mentorship, upskilling, social entrepreneurship, innovation and advocacy for a B.E.T.T.E.R world.

Roberta is a prolific writer and story teller, a public speaker and facilitator. She is passionate about volunteerism, literacy, ethical public leadership, and advocates for youth-inclusive development.